Backpacker's Guide: Where to look for the best value as a budget traveller in Europe

Post by Majdi A. on 02/07/2013

Last week on the blog we took a look at how the cost of living compares in Berlin and London and since then we've been thinking a whole lot about how the cost of living compares in other cities, and how that in turn affects the cost of travelling. In this post we take a look at the cost of travelling (that's true 'budget' travelling, mind) in our four favourite cities: London, Berlin, Barcelona and Belgrade.

The data, unless otherwise stated, is taken from Numbeo.com and for the sake of easy comparison we've converted all the prices to €€. SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION ALERT: At Roomsurfer we of course have a load of hosts in all of our featured cities. For those of you looking for real value, prices start at just 10€ a night - here (ok, you can read on now...)!

London

The capital of the UK and third largest city in geographical Europe, London is often cited as one of the most expensive cities in the world. As we said last time, however, it's not all that bad. This research, compiled in 2012, puts London in 25th place after Brisbane. European cities coming in as more expensive include Moscow, Oslo and Zurich.

london-bus.jpgWe reckon 24 hours in the UK capital would cost...

ONE NIGHT'S ACCOMMODATION : 16,35€

CHEAP LUNCH: 5€

CHEAP DINNER: 12€

COFFEE: 3€

2 BEERS: 8,50€

DAY'S TRAVEL: 8,50€ (off-peak travel card for zones 1 and 2)  

TOTAL: 53,35€   If you're looking for ideas as to what you can do in London on a budget, check out our list on Foursquare (still a work in progress) - we'd also love to hear your contributions!

Berlin

Where East meets West: Berlin represents the best of both worlds and has something to suit all budgets. As it's not exactly a financial or industrial hotspot, it remains relatively cheap compared to other large cities in Germany, but the cost of living has recently risen above the national average.

berlin-ubahn.jpgWe reckon 24 hours in the German Hauptstadt would cost...

ONE NIGHT'S ACCOMODATION: 15,98€ 

CHEAP LUNCH: Numbeo says 6€. I say 3€ is possible.

CHEAP DINNER: 6€

COFFEE: 2,20€ 2 BEERS: 6,00€

DAY'S LOCAL TRAVEL: 6.50€ (Tageskarte Berlin AB – bvg.de)  

TOTAL : 39,68€

Barcelona

In the above-mentioned list of expensive cities, Barcelona comes in at a modest 85th place, just under Luxembourg. Barcelona is the largest city on the Mediterranean and is a growing hub for business and finance. It's also of course super popular among travellers of all ages, but beer, for example, remains especially cheap in comparison to other Western European destinations.

barcelona-tram.jpgWe reckon 24 hours in the capital of Catalonia would cost...

NIGHT’S ACCOMMODATION: 15,66€

CHEAP LUNCH: 6€

CHEAP DINNER: 10€

COFFEE: 1,55€

2 BEERS: 5,00€

DAY’S LOCAL TRAVEL: 7,25€ (1 day tariff – tmb.cat)

TOTAL: 45,46€

Belgrade

A clear winner, Belgrade is so cheap that of course you risk having not our prescribed two daily beers but twenty. Belgrade is also fast becoming one of Europe’s coolest capitals: it’s a hotspot for new businesses and a creative hub.

We reckon 24 hours in the former Yugoslavian capital would cost…

belgrade-tram.jpg

NIGHT’S ACCOMMODATION: 12€ at most in our experience (Numbeo.com says 26€, which we think might want to be amended!)

CHEAP LUNCH: 4€

CHEAP DINNER: 5,20€

COFFEE: 1,30€

2 BEERS: 2,90€

DAY’S TRAVEL: approx 1,05€ (www.gsp.rs)

 TOTAL: 26,45€

 

Of course there are loads of things we haven’t covered here, such as entry to museums or music venues, additional shopping trips and taxi rides, not to mention travel to your destination city. And if you plan to make trips to special touristy attractions you’ll have to factor in a fair bit more cash. That said, we bet you can get everything on here for much less than we suggest.

We’d really like to hear your experiences: what’s the best deal you’ve ever found whilst visiting a city? Any other tips to share with the community?

 

 

London, Berlin, Belgrade, Barcelona, budget travel